The Scottish Learning Festival Curriculum for Excellence:
enhancing experiences, raising standards
The Scottish Learning Festival Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards
he Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the key education event in the Scottish education calendar. Attended by educationalists from across Scotland, the UK and rest of the world, SLF 2010 has something for everyone involved in education. As Curriculum for Excellence reaches full adoption, practitioners will be considering how they can develop innovative and relevant experiences for learners through planned activities which will lead to sustained, motivating learning and high levels of achievement for all. Individual practitioners and educational establishments will have opportunities to further develop their skills, knowledge and creativity to help identify their own priorities, capitalise on Glow and develop solutions relevant to their own circumstances. SLF 2010 will showcase successful, innovative approaches to learning and teaching, and will bring together examples of educational practice, leadership and management strategies from across Scotland and beyond.
Welcome to the Scottish Learning Festival 2010 As Curriculum for Excellence reaches full adoption, practitioners will be considering how they can develop innovative and relevant experiences for learners through planned activities which will lead to sustained, motivating learning and high levels of achievement for all. To achieve this, individual practitioners and educational establishments need support to develop their skills, knowledge and creativity further, to identify their own priorities and to capitalise on the opportunities offered by Glow, as it develops.
SLF 2010 is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to:
l inspirational keynote speakers l expert spotlight speakers l conference programme with over 160 sessions l the largest education exhibition in Scotland l opportunities for discussion and networking with colleagues
l and much, much more! What’s on in 2010 SLF is more than just a conference and exhibition; it also offers a host of added features to enhance your time at the event:
l Inspirational keynote presentations from Michael Russell At the Scottish Learning Festival you will be joined by over 7000 teachers, headteachers, young people and education specialists from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. You will have the opportunity to share what you do, hear about creativity already taking place in classrooms and learn about global innovation in education. I am sure that you will come away inspired, energised and ready to put some new ideas into practice and therefore I look forward to joining you at my first Scottish Learning Festival.
MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; Eric Booth, leading arts and creative learning consultant; Richard Gerver, leadership, creativity and innovation consultant; and Prof Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University.
l Spotlight presentations by experts including Dr Harry Burns, Prof Stephen Heppell, Heather Reid OBE, DCS John Carnochan and others.
l Over 160 conference sessions delivered by national figures, practitioners and education authority staff.
l Discussion Zone sessions hosted by educationalists from across Scotland.
l Education Showcase area showcasing good and exciting practice from Scottish education.
l Learning in Practice area – home to the Local Authority, Developing Global Citizens and Cultural Villages, this essential part of SLF provides delegates with the chance to find out more about what’s happening across the country and about the resources available from a range of organisations. Michael Russell MSP Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning 2
l The Scottish Education Village, home to Learning and Teaching Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Qualifications Authority and HMIE.
The Scottish Learning Festival
Discover innovative new resources to inspire your pupils
A visit to the SLF Exhibition gives you direct access to over 200 exhibitors of educational resources. It’s the perfect place to meet a range of suppliers face to face, and discover and interact with the very latest educational technology. See thousands of new products and get free expert advice from new and established companies. You will be inspired by our new educational features. Exhibition organised by Emap Education
Features for 2010 !
Feature in association with Stephen Heppell Come along and find out how different schools have structured their curriculum to enable children and young people to learn in an inspiring and relevant environment
Innovation Alley – Uncover a host of new ideas, suppliers and resources that will engage and excite your students.
Scottish Education Village – Learn more about the very latest developments in Scottish education. Health and Wellbeing Zone – Improve the health of your pupils with advice and ideas to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Early Years Zone – Enhance the progression of your early years children, with the very latest resources and ideas. Visit the website for further information and to register to attend. Register for FREE at www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk
Come along after work This year there will be a full programme of activities which will run until 6.30 pm on the Wednesday. This will include time to explore the exhibition, a keynote address by Eric Booth and a range of seminars.
SLF Extra on Glow Did you know that the Scottish Learning Festival is also taking place in Glow? The SLF Extra Glow Group is the place to get involved with all that’s happening at the Scottish Learning Festival 2010. If you missed out on attending a seminar or if you want to discuss with others what you have seen or heard, the SLF Extra Glow Group is the perfect place to collaborate, share ideas and have discussions with colleagues from throughout Scotland. Log on to Glow to find out more and take part.
Book your place today
To book your place at Scotland’s key educational event, browse this conference programme and visit the Scottish Learning Festival website to register. Booking is now easier than it’s ever been: simply go to the Scottish Learning Festival website and click the Book Now button. Even if you don’t want to book seminars just now you can book to attend the exhibition only and then add your seminars at a later date.
Find out more by exploring the website and booking online at www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk Please note that the conference programme sessions are subject to change.
Education Showcase The Education Showcase returns to SLF 2010, located within the exhibition hall as part of the Scottish Education Village. This dedicated presentation area features a range of activities of interest to everyone attending SLF. The presentations will be hosted by practitioners and young people from across Scotland and will cover a range of educational topics. As the showcase is part of the Scottish Education Village, it gives delegates easy access to Scottish Government, LTS, HMIE and SQA where they can speak to colleagues and find out more about their work. Sessions in the Education Showcase are not pre-bookable. Simply come along at SLF to see whatâ€™s happening. The draft timetable below highlights the areas to be covered. Further information will be provided as details are confirmed. Visit www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk for more information.
Wednesday 22 September Developing Global Citizens
10 minute presentation
10 minute presentation
10 minute presentation
10 minute presentation
10 minute presentation
10 minute presentation
Expressive Arts â€“ Drama performance
Health and Wellbeing
Please note that this timetable may be subject to change.
Thursday 23 September
Discussion Zone SLF 2010 welcomes back the Discussion Zone, which provides delegates with the opportunity to engage in discussions with a range of presenters. Covering a range of topics, the Discussion Zone, within a designated area of the exhibition hall, allows visitors to listen to and have discussions with presenters in a friendly and informal setting. The Discussion Zones are not bookable. Simply go along and join a group at any time. A copy of the timetable is provided below and further information can be found on the SLF website at www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk
Wednesday 22 September 10:00 Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioural Characteristics at Entry to Primary School Holocaust Education within Curriculum for Excellence: A Cross-curricular Approach
Paul Bradshaw, Scottish Centre for Social Research Alex Maws, The Holocaust Educational Trust 11:00
Curriculum for Excellence: Developing a Coherent Curriculum (3–18) Using a Cluster Approach Go Safe! – Ziggy’s Road Safety Mission ‘What’s the War Got to do with Us?’ Developing the NAR: A Group Discussion Appearance Matters: Promoting Wellbeing A Pan Authority Strategy to Support Curriculum for Excellence through Solution Oriented Approaches
Danny Corbett, East Dunbartonshire Council Lynn Taylor, Road Safety Scotland 12:00 David Atherton, Aberdeenshire Council Barbara Gray, Aberdeenshire Council 13:00 Emily Goldsmith, Changing Faces Jim Kane, Scottish Government 14:00
Co-operative Learning In Scotland – Does it Work?: Perspectives on the Role of Co-operative Learning in Supporting Curriculum for Excellence Digital Media Computing: Having Fun in School Exploring our Evidence: Enhancing your Experience Leading Change – Raising Standards Communications and Connections All’s fair in War?
Clare McAlister, University of Strathclyde Kate Farrell, Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh City Council 15:00 Jane Masters, National Museums Scotland James Thewliss, Harris Academy, Dundee Council 16:00 Billy Higgins, City of Edinburgh Council Sally Dempsey, British Red Cross
Thursday 23 September 10:00 Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioural Characteristics at Entry to Primary School Holocaust Education within Curriculum for Excellence: A Cross-curricular Approach
Paul Bradshaw, Scottish Centre for Social Research Alex Maws, The Holocaust Educational Trust 11:00
Curriculum for Excellence: Developing a Coherent Curriculum (3–18) Using a Cluster Approach Go Safe! – Ziggy’s Road Safety Mission ‘What’s the War Got to do with Us?’ Developing the NAR: A Group Discussion Appearance Matters: Promoting Wellbeing A Pan Authority Strategy to Support Curriculum for Excellence through Solution Oriented Approaches
Danny Corbett, East Dunbartonshire Council Lynn Taylor, Road Safety Scotland 12:00 David Atherton, Aberdeenshire Council Barbara Gray, Aberdeenshire Council 13:00 Emily Goldsmith, Changing Faces Jim Kane, Scottish Government 14:00
Co-operative Learning In Scotland – Does it Work?: Perspectives on the Role of Co-operative Learning in Supporting Curriculum for Excellence Digital Media Computing: Having Fun in School Exploring our Evidence: Enhancing your Experience Leading Change – Raising Standards Please note that this timetable may be subject to change.
Clare McAlister, University of Strathclyde Kate Farrell, Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh City Council 15:00 Jane Masters, National Museums Scotland James Thewliss, Harris Academy, Dundee Council 5
Your Scottish Learning Festival 2010 Planner Use this space to plan your days at the Scottish Learning Festival 2010. Make your notes here of where you want to be and what you want to see. Thursday 23 September
Wednesday 22 September 09:00
Registration and exhibition opens
Registration and exhibition opens
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning 10:30
Creativity as Catalyst: Manifesting the Potential of the Curriculum for Excellence
Creating Tomorrowâ€™s Schools Today
The Hole In The Wall: Self Organising Systems in Education
Keynote – Clyde Auditorium Cabinet Secretary Keynote Presentation
Creativity as Catalyst: Manifesting the Potential of the Curriculum for Excellence
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Eric Booth, Leading Arts and Creative Learning Consultant
Hear the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Mike Russell give the opening keynote address at the 2010 Scottish Learning Festival in this important year for education as Curriculum for Excellence is fully adopted in schools across Scotland. Hear how Curriculum for Excellence will deliver on the aspirations we hold for all our children and young people in Scotland.
Wednesday – 11:00
Eric Booth is an international educator, author, programme designer and American creativity consultant. Eric is also an enthusiast for the ambition of Curriculum for Excellence. ‘Scottish education can be the envy of the world, if the challenge of “creativity across the curriculum” is embraced as the catalyst.’ This is the moment, and this is the opportunity of a lifetime for Scottish students and educators. Booth will detail some of the research and realities of bringing creativity into the habits of mind and daily practices of students and teachers, as well as into the atmosphere of a school and the evaluation practices of a school system. Don't expect a dry recitation, nor foggy generalities – Booth will clarify the goal, specify its key elements, and point to the steps that can activate the curriculum to achieve its full potential, every child's full learning potential. He will celebrate the courage and the spirit of a nation and its educators who are willing to undertake the challenging work of change.
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Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today
Thursday – 11:30
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The Hole in the Wall: Self Organising Systems in Education
Richard Gerver, Inspirational Leader and Educator Richard Gerver has a background in education and has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. His philosophies of communication, empowerment and impact transcend the educational realm. His work in transforming a school has been recognised all round the world and he now shares his expertise with both education and corporate audiences as well as making media contributions and advising government on education policy. Richard's first book, Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today (Dec 2009), deals with education transformation. This keynote explores the process of curriculum design, provoking the questions that schools need to generate if they are to develop curriculum approaches that are fit for the future. The address will include insights into leading a community through curriculum transformation.
Prof Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University During his keynote, Prof Mitra will discuss a number of key points relevant to education today. The first part of the keynote will focus on the following key premises based on experimental results, often referred to as ‘the hole in the wall’ experiments, as well as more recent research that will be discussed: • The quality of traditional primary education declines with ‘remoteness’. • Groups of children, given the appropriate resources, can – learn to use computers and the internet on their own – achieve many objectives of schooling on their own – attain levels of achievement close to traditional schooling with the help of a friendly, but not knowledgeable, mediator. • Learning is a self-organising system. The keynote will then move on to examine the design of facilities and technology for areas where good schools cannot exist and good teachers do not want to go. Prof Mitra will also focus on Self Organised Learning Environments and Remote Presence technologies, hinting at a future of education that may be very different from what we have today.
Wednesday – 14:30
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Thursday – 15:00
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Wednesday 22 September – 09:30
Curriculum for Excellence and Glow LTS Staff and Practitioners In this spotlight delegates will hear about the new improvements to Glow and learn how practitioners are using Glow to implement Curriculum for Excellence.
Early Years Learning Outdoors in North Lanarkshire Marian Cairns, QIS Learning and Leisure Service, North Lanarkshire Council This workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about the approach to developing early years outdoor learning in North Lanarkshire nurseries. The speaker will share information on the investment of the council, its first Forest Kindergarten and research into its impact on children and families, its Outdoor Champions Initiative, Risk Assessments, and using the urban and industrial environment to support outdoor learning. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss these developments with those directly involved and a selection of training resources will also be available.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Mathematics Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in mathematics in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
Preparation in Linking Cognitive Models and Classroom Practicalities in ICT: The Development of Evaluative Considerations for Utilising Online Content Robert Collins, University of Strathclyde
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In this presentation we will discuss: • a brief overview of a recent history of ICT within the primary classroom, outlining the journey towards a more cognitive approach to teaching and learning • the establishment of fuller integration of web-based material into an ITE: PDGE (Primary) Environmental Studies module • the associated development and use of a website evaluation tool for postgraduate and undergraduate pre-service teachers. Seminar Code A 2 A
Northern Lights – Developing Creativity Irene Pandolfi, North Lanarkshire Council Northern Lights is an international education project, hosted on Glow. Project aims are to develop pupils’ skills in expressive arts, aspects of literacy and peer assessment. During this session, pupils from three participating schools will share experiences in relation to: • developing their skills across areas of the curriculum • enjoying the benefits of international partnerships • using Glow to share their creative ideas • having opportunities to comment on the work of others.
There’s no Such Thing as a Gruffalo! Oh Really! Libby McGarvey, Renton Language and Communications Unit, West Dunbartonshire Council This seminar will explore: • using the Gruffalo story to engage, enthuse and inspire children in their learning • the successes and challenges of undertaking a cross-curricular approach • the appropriateness of this approach to learning within Curriculum for Excellence.
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Health and Wellbeing: Conceptual Understanding, Curriculum Architecture and Effective Delivery Iain Ramsay, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar will explore ways of working with the complexity of a holistic partnership approach. It will demonstrate the importance of a shared conceptual understanding of health and wellbeing in contributing effectively to: partnership working; supportive learning environments; engaging children and young people in active learning through the experiences and outcomes; addressing their wider experiences; developing links across the curriculum, and determining appropriate assessment.
Using E-assessment to Support the Objectives of Curriculum for Excellence Martyn Ware, SQA E-assessment will play an important role in supporting the objectives of Curriculum for Excellence. There are significant benefits for those who take qualifications: • delivery is flexible • the experience of being assessed is more engaging • results and feedback for learners can be instant.
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This seminar gives an insight into the types of e-assessment that are on offer now or in development. Seminar Code C 2 A
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards – Building your Curriculum – The Senior Phase Lesley Sheppard, Scottish Government This session is aimed at senior managers and partners involved in planning for the Senior Phase, offering opportunities to: • consider some practical approaches to curriculum planning and organising learning • share emerging practice and hear from practitioners • share emerging key issues and considerations in curriculum design for their sector.
Come Cook With Us Louise Jarvie, St Anne’s Primary School, Glasgow City Council The ‘Come Cook With Us’ project was founded to enable children to learn about different foods and how to prepare and cook them. Cookery is now part of the school’s extensive Golden Time programme, which is based on teaching the children life skills. They prepare and cook food and then take it home to share with their family – even taking recipes home to cook with their family. Building on this success the school developed an afterschool parent and child cookery class run by teaching staff.
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Wednesday 22 September – 09:30 Literacy Across Learning Primary Grant Gillies, Learning and Teaching Scotland Speakers will include LTS development officers and primary practitioners who will highlight their interesting and innovative practice in developing literacy experiences and outcomes within and across curriculum areas. They will show how the curriculum area provides relevant content for the development of these skills and how learning can be applied in these contexts.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes –Sciences Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will highlight emerging practice in the delivery of the sciences curriculum area and will be presented by practitioners.
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CPD for Curriculum for Excellence: Teachers make the Difference Margaret Alcorn, National CPD Team An opportunity to think about how CPD can support teachers as they implement Curriculum for Excellence. The session will include: • a brief presentation on ‘Teachers for Excellence’ • discussion activities
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Not all Those who Wander are Lost – Support for Delivering Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning Ryan Reed, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar will focus on the value of outdoor learning as a key context for the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence and allow practitioners and managers to learn more about what is meant by the term ‘outdoor learning’. A number of exciting developments over the past year will form the backdrop to the seminar.
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Working with Parents as Partners and Leaders Victoria Devlin, Darvel Nursery School, East Ayrshire Council This project is about giving back ownership to parents – what they want out of their lives for themselves and the future of their children. It aims to break down the barriers between professionals and parents by engaging in a residential leadership academy. The session will illustrate the journey taken and the impact on the community and our hopes for the future to ensure children are enabled to reach their full potential to become confident in taking their place in society.
Extending Financial Capability in the College Sector Helen Cormack, Scotland’s Colleges The Money for LiFE project operated by Scotland’s Colleges has tried to improve the awareness of financial issues for students in colleges. The model used peer education as the primary delivery with support from student services staff where required to deliver a range of activities and knowledge to the student body.
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Make Art Not War: A Dynamic, Interactive, Cross-curricular Experience for S2 pupils Paul Gorman, Visible Fictions Theatre Company Over the next nine months Visible Fictions will work in partnership with six local authorities, multimedia companies, Glow and the BBC to create an innovative and creative approach to support the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence. A series of webisodes and ‘live’ broadcasts from an online fictional country will be created and broadcast through Glow during November. This seminar will outline the process so far to highlight how creative approaches, facilitated within Glow, can ensure best practise within the Curriculum for Excellence. Staffa Seminar Code S 1 A Leading Change – Raising Standards Colin Sutherland, North Berwick High School, East Lothian Council An experienced panel of PT, DHT and HTs will provide different insights into: • use of technology • teaching and learning approaches • self-evaluation and • collegiate leadership in raising standards and enhancing experiences for young people. After brief presentations, there will be an open discussion and debate chaired by the General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland. Forth
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Community Learning and Development: The Financially Capable Child Brenda Rochead, Learaning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, practitioners and local community partners will share ideas for a joint sector approach to the implementation of financial education and discuss money activities that help young people develop informed attitudes about financial matters. They will share their experiences of: running a joint campus money week, establishing a credit union, peer supported learning, active learning and parental involvement. Shuna
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Opening hours Wednesday 22 September 09:00–18:30 (exhibition closes at 17:30) Thursday 23 September 09:00–16:00 9
Wednesday 22 September – 12:30
Born to Fail – The Perfect Storm Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, QPM, Violence Reduction Unit In this spotlight John will discuss the causes of violence, the personal and social factors that bring this about, and the need to invest more public funding in the early years to ensure the best outcomes for children and families.
Early Years Teachers Making a Difference Lesley Gibb, Education Services, Stirling Council This session explores the role of early years teacher in Stirling as a leader and innovator in early learning who can contribute to a culture of self reflective practice, enquiry and continuous improvement with children and families. We hope to engage with participants to explore their own experiences of teacher involvement and to share other models that are working well.
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West Dunbartonshire Maths Champions Ronnie Thumath, West Dunbartonshire Council The mathematics co-ordinators will • be an active participant in a dialogue group to discuss current educational mathematical initiatives • be a link between their establishment and the authority • develop and support good practice in learning and teaching within their school and authority • raise the profile of learning and teaching in mathematics within their establishment and authority.
Computer Games Development: Showcasing the new National Progression Awards Julie McLaren, Madras College, Fife Council This seminar will showcase the new National Progression Awards in Computer Games Development available to schools at Int. 1, 2 and Higher and show how these NPAs closely articulate with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. The courses involve working to design and create a computer game. We will look ways of supporting delivery of these fun and creative courses by identifying a range of suitable support materials, resources, games development environments and digital media software.
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E-twinning and Curriculum for Excellence – Creating Global Citizens Wilma Gordon, Mid Calder Primary, West Lothian Council Issues covered include: • how e-twinning can demonstrate a multifaceted approach to learning and teaching • through the use of blogs, wiki spaces and e-twinning tools children can easily share their learning experiences • Glow chat and meet to demonstrate how pupils can enhance their learning in a motivating and creative manner • a variety of long running projects across the primary school to show how children can take autonomy and work towards excellence.
Towards a Joint Understanding of Partnership and Teamwork – How do we Build Collaborative Advantage to Support our Children and Young People within Curriculum for Excellence? Michael McKean, Scottish Government This seminar builds on both the recommendations from the ‘Behaviour in Scottish Schools’ (2009) survey and best practice in maximising effective and professional relationships (particularly with support staff) in educational settings. The programme was developed by the Positive Behaviour Team.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Health and Wellbeing Nicola Masterson, Learning and Teaching Scotland The aim of this seminar is to support practitioners in their work developing health and wellbeing across learning and the contribution that all staff can make to learning and assessment in this area.
Implications of the Principles of Assessment in BtC5 for Learning and Teaching Practice and for Inspectors Mary Hoey, HMIE This will explore implications of principles in ‘A Framework for Assessment for Learning and Teaching’. Based on evidence from inspections, it will explore examples of good practice in using assessment to support learning, learner engagement and ensuring appropriate support which leads to improved outcomes for children and young people. You will have the opportunity to discuss how to ensure greater confidence and consistency in teachers’ judgements using a wide range of assessment evidence.
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Using Schools Global Footprint as a Tool to Enhance Experiences and Raise Standards Amie Fulton, Sustainable Scotland Network The heart of the session will be led by two teachers: John McManus, St Mary’s Primary School, Hamilton, and Amanda Milne, Lawthorn Primary School, Irvine. John will describe his innovative approach to teaching P7 Science using Schools Global Footprint and the high level of achievement and relevant experiences he has delivered through it. Amanda will present the way her school has embedded sustainability at the heart of the school and created a whole school structure that leads to sustained motivation and engagement of pupils, staff and members of the wider community.
A Shared Journey through the Early Level of Numeracy Lynda Bancroft, Stirling Council In this session, nursery and primary colleagues from Stirling Council will share their experiences of: • progression and appropriate challenge for all children • staff sharing practice • a shared understanding of the language of maths and numeracy across sectors • recognising opportunities for numeracy across learning • children as collaborators in learning • involving parents in children’s learning.
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Wednesday 22 September – 12:30 Raising Literacy Standards: North Lanarkshire Council’s Active Literacy programme P1–P7 Patricia Wilson, North Lanarkshire Council This session will provide the audience with a summary overview of North Lanarkshire Council’s Active Literacy programme. Part of the session will be an overview of the interactive phonics programme, P1–P3, and will involve an awareness raising of the council’s principles and methodologies of Active Literacy, P4–P7, incorporating reading, wiriting, listening and talking. The session will conclude with a look at one approach to interdisciplinary learning, incorporating creative literacy. By the end of the session, participants will have an insight into the Active Literacy programme and how it has impacted on attainment within North Lanarkshire.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes for Secondary Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in modern languages in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
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Sharing Curriculum Change through the EDUtalk Project David Noble, Hillside School, Fife Council EDUtalk encourages teachers to share educational audio through mobile devices. Audio is captured and published using a phone, and can be accessed online. Educators are able to share presentations, reflections, experiences, and conversations. You will learn: • that there are a variety of ways to share educational audio • how to listen to audio that teachers have contributed to the project • three approaches to becoming involved in the project yourself • about live EDUtalk events.
Geography Online for English and Gaelic Practitioners Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland The seminar will showcase the bilingual National Glow Group for Geography online, specifically designed to promote interactive learning embracing the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. Tailored to meet the experiences and outcomes outlined in Curriculum for Excellence, this resource offers an excellent learning and teaching opportunity for learners and practitioners. It promotes interdisciplinary skills in a real and relevant context as well as developing literacy, numeracy and aspects of health and wellbeing.
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Joining Up Citizenship and Young People Louise Macdonald, Young Scot The voice of the learner has never been more important in the world of lifelong learning. Join us at this seminar run by the Chief Executive Officers of Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament, YouthLink Scotland and Youth Scotland to find out how we are working together in this area, with a focus around three interlinked themes: Information – Participation – Connecting to Communities.
16+ Learning Choices – Practice and Opportunity Bryan Campbell, Learning and Teaching Scotland 16+ Learning Choices will support all young people into positive and sustained destinations. It is an essential part of Curriculum for Excellence; every young person must have an appropriate, relevant, attractive offer of post-16 learning, well in advance of their school leaving date. We will examine the: • relationship between the senior phase and 16+ Learning Choices • role and responsibilities of partners • impact and change to practice • opportunities for planning and delivery.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland The aim of this session is to support practitioners in their work developing the technologies curriculum as they consider learning and assessment in this area. The session will include input from practising teachers who will share their experience, including how they went about making changes to content and pedagogy – and the resulting impact this has had for learners. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.
Developing Capacities and Learning in an Interdisciplinary Project Mary Smith, Montrose Academy, Angus Council Interdisciplinary learning increases depth of learning, offers pupil choice, encourages active learning, and links with industries. In this session we will discuss: • how we took forward Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and experiences in five curriculum areas • how we focused on the development of skills and capacities across the different curriculum areas • how we took assessment forward • the challenges of the timetable and how we overcame some of them.
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Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) and its place in Curriculum for Excellence Brian Cooklin, Stonelaw High School, South Lanarkshire Council This briefing provides an opportunity to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in a practical way and to provoke thinking and debate about assessment and its uses. Focusing on GL Assessment’s Cognitive Ability Test (CAT), the practicalities and benefits of assessment are explored and directly linked to the implementation programme. Discussion topics include the need for benchmarking, the contribution of assessment to personal support and learning, use of target-setting and future developments. Forth
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Extra availability on the day While you are limited to eight choices through the pre-booking system, tickets for remaining seats will be available at the Seminar Ticket Desk in Hall 4. 11
Wednesday 22 September – 13:30
Emerging Strengths and Challenges from the Review of Teacher Education in Scotland Graham H C Donaldson, Review of Teacher Education Graham will present some of the strengths and key challenges emerging from the first phase of the Review. In line with the open and transparent nature of the Review, this will give stakeholders a chance to debate and reflect on the issues emerging and discuss possible ways forward.
Teacher and Child Talk in Active Learning Contexts – Implications for Children from Economically Less-advantaged Home Backgrounds Joan Martlew, University of Strathclyde This session focuses on: the extent to which an active learning approach provides opportunities for oral language development; the form of talk between children; the amount of opportunity offered to individual children for engagement in talk with the teacher; the amount of talk between children and differences in talk between children from socioeconomically advantaged homes and less advantaged homes (measured by the percentage of free school meals).
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Curriculum for Excellence: Action Research Approaches to Qualifications, Assessment and Achievement Dr John Allan, SQA The SQA Policy and New Products team is responsible for the development of policy and new approaches to qualifications and assessment. This work includes research and engagement with schools and colleges, and a masterclass, seminar and workshop programme for SQA staff, facilitated by leading academics.
Curriculum for Excellence – Manga Style! Neil Winton, Perth Academy, Perth and Kinross Council Neil Winton attempted to apply the experiences and outcomes and avoid the more obvious outcomes for his S3 Macbeth class. By allowing pupils to be much more creative and imaginative, the class ended up investigating everything from Manga to 3D design. This session will outline the key stages in the process: • planning • implementation • reviewing, and most importantly • how to get the pupils to come up with the solutions when it all goes wrong!
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Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Performing Arts Experiences through Glow Alice McGrath, Imaginate This seminar will give teachers the opportunity to learn about and try out a brand new, Glow-based, online learning resource that aims to support them and the children that they work with to evaluate and appreciate performing arts experiences. In using the new Imaginate Glow resource pupils will develop critical thinking skills and become more able to express their own thoughts, feelings and opinions with confidence.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards Building your Curriculum, a Seminar for Senior Managers in ASN/ Special Schools and Units Frances Graham, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session is aimed at senior managers in ASN/Special schools and units, offering opportunities to • consider some practical approaches to curriculum planning and organising learning • share emerging practice and hear from others who are planning for and implementing structural change within their establishments • share emerging key issues and considerations in curriculum design • engage with the online support available to support strategic planning.
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Sex and Relationships Education in the Primary School – Staff Training Pack Kerry Dalgetty, NHS Tayside This staff training pack, which complements the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood outcomes and experiences in Curriculum for Excellence, includes an exemplar training programme designed for teachers and school health nurses who are delivering sex and relationships education in Scottish primary schools.
Curriculum for Excellence Assessment and Moderation – A Western Isles Approach Ruth Sutton, Ruth Sutton Ltd In Comhairle nan Eileen Siar Learning Communities form the basis for new Curriculum for Excellence ‘moderation’ groups that will work through a process of ‘planning with the evidence in mind’. Teachers will share their interpretations of outcomes, suitable evidence and success criteria, and collaboratively design assessment tasks.
This session will introduce people to the contents of the pack, which can be used in staff training, engaging with parents, and also to find out children’s own perceptions of growing up and changing.
The goal is to build teachers’ clarity and confidence, to encourage sharing expectations with pupils and to avoid the urge to gather more evidence than is necessary or manageable.
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International and the Global Citizenship Albert Swinborn, Portlethen Academy, Aberdeenshire Council This session will consider how Portlethen Academy values the impact of the international and global dimension on the life and curriculum of the school, both for staff and students. Its place across the Curricular Framework dovetails with Curriculum for Excellence and the entitlements for all children in curricular, non-curricular and learning outwith the school contexts. To be a successful learner one has to appreciate one’s own skills and limitations and then be able to develop them further to enhance confidence and become effective contributors and responsible citizens.
Curriculum for Excellence – Assessment: National Qualifications and Secondary Structures Larry Flanagan, Educational Institute of Scotland A presentation on the role of National Qualifications in supporting delivery of Curriculum for Excellence and an examination of timetable structures which facilitate said delivery.
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Wednesday 22 September – 13:30 Literature in Learning: Improving Attainment in Literacy through Learning through Experience Lucy Young, Andover Primary School, Angus Council Scottish Book Trust’s innovative Meet our Authors programme is a series of live events with the best children’s authors, broadcast online in partnership with BBC Scotland Learning. This session will explore: • how participation supports literacy across the curriculum • how to use the broadcasts to develop pupils’ enthusiasm for personal reading • strategies for preparatory/follow-up work to extend and enrich pupils’ learning.
About Scottish Baccalaureates Lorna Grant, SQA This seminar will show how the Scottish Science and Languages Baccalaureates are delivering Curriculum for Excellence in the senior phase. It will give an overview of: • the first session of the awards • different approaches to delivery • partnership and collaborative working • SQA support for centres. There will also be an opportunity to hear the views of teachers and pupils and to have a glimpse into the future of the Baccalaureates.
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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Supporting Partnership with Employers Jean MacMillan, Determined to Succeed Team, Scottish Government How do teachers learn? In common with others, teachers best develop their craft through organised learning in the context within which they work. Determined to Succeed has invested in Professional Learning Communities across Scotland to do just that. Each PLC commits to working together on the issues that matter to them, challenging one another and putting into practice what they learn. As Michael Fullan would say ‘Learning is the Work’. We would like to share the journey with you.
Taking Curriculum for Excellence Outdoors in Secondary Schools Steve Moizer, Grounds for Learning This seminar will provide ideas and inspiration for secondary teachers to use their school grounds to deliver effective teaching and learning experiences by: • sharing examples of outdoor learning ideas from Scottish secondary schools, covering a range of subject areas and links to Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes • exploring how secondary teachers plan, run and evaluate these sessions • pointing participants towards further sources of information and support on how to take learning outdoors.
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Working with Difficult Behaviour Richard Thornton, Fairbridge Training This seminar will discuss the practical strategies and techniques for working with young people and difficult behaviour. • Practical tools and theories for working with difficult behaviour. • Underlying drivers of behaviour and how to be proactive in prevention. • Practice which challenges young people’s attitudes and behaviours with a goal of re-integration. • Role of Curriculum for Excellence amongst those in need of More Choices, More Chances.
Delivering the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence through 16+ Learning Choices and Activity Agreements in North Lanarkshire Stewart Murray, North Lanarkshire Council North Lanarkshire Council was an early implementer of 16+ Learning Choices and has gone on to pilot Activity Agreements. All of this work has been carried out in a context of a very strong partnership. This includes North Lanarkshire Council Learning and Leisure Services, both schools, and Community Learning and Development, North Lanarkshire Council Regeneration Services and Housing and Social Work, local colleges, Job Centre Plus, Routes to Work and the North Lanarkshire Volunteer Centre.
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Big Noise; Orchestrating Excellence Nicola Killean, Sistema Scotland This session will consist of a presentation from two Raploch headteachers and the Director of the Big Noise programme, illustrated by music from the children of Big Noise. It will demonstrate the depth of learning experiences available through Big Noise, an immersive orchestral programme. Big Noise is planned within the framework of Curriculum for Excellence and provides learning opportunities across multiple curriculum areas whilst fostering teamwork, confidence and aspiration.
Enriching Curriculum for Excellence through Entrepreneurial Learning Experiences Kirsty Blair, Determined to Succeed Team, Scottish Government This session will include: • examples of how the four strands of enterprise education, particularly employer partnerships and entrepreneurial learning, are enriching the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes for all young people • practical examples from practitioners and young people illustrating how they have embraced the resources that support the embedding of enterprise within Curriculum for Excellence to foster increased achievement.
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Pupil Leadership Academy Lauren Murray, St Ninian’s High School, East Dunbartonshire Council In this session, pupils and staff will discuss: • the formation of the leadership academy • the ripple effect that has spread across the school which has led to more than eight teachers and 50 pupils graduating from the academy • projects which the pupils have undertaken • how this will now be rolled out across other schools in the authority • future plans. The Leadership Academy is led and delivered by the pupils of St Ninian’s High School and clearly reflects the key components of Curriculum for Excellence and the 10 dimensions of Journey to Excellence. Forth
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Wednesday 22 September – 15:45 Why our Young People Embrace Technology to Engage in Learning Prof Stephen Heppell, Heppell.net In this Spotlight session, Stephen will consider, from the compelling body of evidence and exemplification, that children love to learn together, relish tough challenges, embrace and subvert technology for their learning, engage in it 24/7 and are capable of escaping from so many of the boxes that constrained their predecessors. The concern is that too much of the education system ignores these self evident certainties. How can we develop a system that enables the creativity and innovation of our young people be to flourish?
Collaborative Learning Communities Ensuring Continuity and Progression at the Early Level Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council Since 2006, various strategies and approaches to active learning have been developed across a number of Stirling Council settings. This session will focus on the active learning research findings from across the authority; the collaborative approaches used for CPD, through Glow; and in particular an insight into the work of educators from St Margaret’s Primary in Stirling.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Numeracy Across Learning Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in numeracy across learning in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
Using Computer Games to Support Numeracy Ollie Bray, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar will showcase practical examples of how computer games and new technology have been used all over Scotland to develop numeracy skills in young people. Examples will be drawn from both the primary and secondary sector and include references to games such as Dr Kawashima Brain Training: how old is your brain? and Big Brain Academy.
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Enhancing Experiences for Pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Mainstream Education: The Autism Toolbox: An Autism Resource for Scottish Schools Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop, University of Strathclyde In recent years the presumption of mainstream education for all children in Scotland has ensured that individuals with autism are included in mainstream education: almost every school in Scotland will have at least one child on the autism spectrum. This session will focus on: • the nature of autism and its individuality • the ways in which the Autism Toolbox can help mainstream educators • examples from practice.
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• they have planned to take Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport forward within Health and Wellbeing
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21st Century Literacy is Glowing Moira Foster, Educational Development Service, Dundee Council This session is aimed at those wishing to explore innovative and creative ways of delivering literacy skills using 21st century approaches. The session will include: • how practitioners have engaged with relevant, motivating, purposeful planned activities • the development of Glow Groups with a literacy focus • examples of sharing best practice • the development of Glow Meet to engage young people with Scottish authors • assessing the impact of these exciting approaches using Glow.
Sharing Practice in Planning for the Experiences and Outcomes across Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (PEPAS) Suzanne Hargreaves, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this session, practitioners will demonstrate how:
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Building the Curriculum 5 – Making it Real Challenges Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotlland Scottish Government published Building the Curriculum 5 – A framework for assessment in January of this year. It provides an outline of the approaches to assessment to support the purposes of learning 3 to 18.
• joint partnership working has supported the delivery of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport.
This session will provide an overview of Building the Curriculum 5 and feature how the policy is being brought to life in classrooms all across Scotland.
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Enhancing Learning through Interdisciplinary Studies Barbara Gray, Summerhill Centre, Aberdeen City Council Curriculum for Excellence presents schools with a number of challenges, including the development of interdisciplinary learning as one of the four contexts of the curriculum. In this seminar Joan and Barbara will share their experiences, following an SCIPD visit to Copenhagen, including an overview of the Danish school system with a focus on the interdisciplinary learning for which it is known. Key themes will include: • organisation and timetabling • learning teams • ICT support.
Comenius Regio Project NLC Hessen Robert Dalzell, North Lanarkshire Council This session will review the application process and developments to date of the project with our partner authority in Germany. We will discuss the project blog and use of Marratech software.
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Wednesday 22 September – 15:45 How We Can Contribute to Curriculum for Excellence through Learning by Teaching Nicola Wood, Balfron High School, Stirling Council Learning by Teaching fully engages, challenges and provides a vast range of experiences for pupils. It has proven to have a significant impact on pupils’ attainment as we learn best when teaching others. This session will examine: • the theories behind Learning by Teaching • how to implement Learning by Teaching in your classroom • how Learning by Teaching embodies the four capacities. Gala 1
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Holocaust Education and Curriculum for Excellence Katie Winterburn, Cumnock Academy, East Ayrshire Council The seminar will be divided into three sections: • Holocaust Education and Curriculum for Excellence in theory • Holocaust Education and Curriculum for Excellence in practice • Sharing good practice: preparing for January 2011.
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Bridging the Gap – Schools and Youth Work Partnership Ken Davidson, Learning and Teaching Scotland A group who met at the last Scottish Learning Festival will reconvene to discuss: • what has changed over the last year • what has been learned over the last year • where partnerships have moved forwards
• looks at the background of the initiative in Scotland • introduces teachers who have attended RCUK days • showcases some of the activities from the courses. Gala 2
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The Outstanding Outdoors Marel Harper, Renfrewshire Council This session will share Renfrewshire’s vision for promoting outdoor learning, the supporting resources and provide illustrations of good practice at all levels of Curriculum for Excellence. The presentation will include reference to local authority support and how Renfrewshire has made use of the national framework for outdoor learning.
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Skills on Video Colleen Hurren, Cumbernauld College Cumbernauld College has developed a process to make high-quality, low-cost videos of the practical processes involved in our vocational areas such as beauty therapy, catering and motor vehicle maintenance. The model we have developed is sustainable and can be replicated across the curriculum.
• how partnerships have been influenced by Bridging the Gap and other publications.
This practical session will demonstrate how instructional videos can be produced quickly and easily by staff and learners using a simple camcorder and freely available software.
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• principles and basic features of Figurenotes • how Drake Music Scotland has developed good practice • successful learning examples from the pilot study • practical demonstration involving a music teacher and group of pupils.
Professor Wunder’s Cabinet: An Open-ended Pupil-centred Collaborative Project Elizabeth Curtis, University of Aberdeen This session will show how: • Curriculum for Excellence supports pupil-led learning through working with a local museum • Glow Meet can link school, home and the wider community in a practical way • creating a collection develops knowledge and skills in particular curriculum areas and addresses the wider aims of the four capacities. It links to enterprising teaching and learning strategies.
Achieve Success with Figurenotes: A New Approach to Music Thursa Sanderson, Drake Music Scotland An outline will be given of the Figurenotes system and the outcomes of Drake Music Scotland’s pilot project to introduce it to Scotland by working in partnership with a number of local authorities, schools and music teachers. The session will include:
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The Butterfly Model – Linking Leadership, Learning and Life Skills Roy Leighton, The Roy Leighton Partnership The session will: • introduce participants to the ‘Butterfly Model’ which builds on the applied sciences of neurology, psychology and learning • show how this simple framework can release creativity, confidence and capacity in staff and students • provide children with a model to manage their learning, behaviour, relationships and independent learning skills • provide staff with a practical tool to put the learning more in the hands of the children so that they can get their weekends back. Forth
Contemporary Science – Teachers and Researchers Working Together Gregor Steele, SSERC Research Councils UK has been running an initiative that aims to bring teachers and researchers together to promote the teaching of exciting, contemporary science. In Scotland, SSERC has been developing and delivering such courses following a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Science Learning Centre. This seminar:
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Wednesday 22 September – 16:45 Creativity as Catalyst: Manifesting the Potential of Curriculum for Excellence Eric Booth, Leading Arts and Creative Learning Consultant Scottish education can be the envy of the world, if the challenge of ‘creativity across the curriculum’ is embraced as the catalyst. This is the moment, and this is the opportunity of a lifetime for Scottish students and educators. Eric will detail some of the research and realities of bringing creativity into the habits of mind and daily practices of students and teachers, as well as into the atmosphere of a school and the evaluation practices of a school system.
Assessment in the Early Years Avril Robertson, Learning and Teaching Scotland Assessment is a key aspect of the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and is an integral part of planning and delivering high quality learning experiences for all children. This session will focus on: • how assessment practices support the curriculum • the relationship between assessment and learning and teaching in the early years • strategies to assess children’s progress • gathering evidence to record personal achievement • supporting next steps in learning.
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Active Learning in Mathematics Lorna Hunter, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will highlight opportunities for and strategies by which to provide learning experiences in mathematics which will seek to motivate and engage learners.
Changing Shape of Primary Education – A Year in Primary 7 Gillian Penny, Gavinburn Primary School, West Dunbartonshire Council This session will look at:
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Using Stakeholder Views and Experiences to Influence the Delivery of National Outcomes for Children and Young People Kate Higgins, Contact a Family Scotland This workshop aims to demonstrate how successful implementation of the ASN framework can contribute to effective delivery of Curriculum for Excellence and key national outcomes. The workshop will: • highlight findings and recommendations from research and consultations • present successful, innovative practice examples from the voluntary sector • provide a collaborative environment in which professionals can explore how to plan and deliver better educational opportunities.
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The session will explore how to use the toolkit effectively in your school.
• the use new educational technologies including Games Based Learning in supporting the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence • flexible planning approaches allowing the curriculum to be personalised and relevant to all the pupils through open challenges • the impact on pupils through their own words as they discuss their learning experiences • challenges and successes experienced by class teachers in delivering these types of experiences.
Glow Co-Create Model Project: Hooks + Bites Barbara Chalmers, Plan B Collective, Perth and Kinross Council Glow Co-Create aims to introduce practising artists into the classroom to bring learning to life. Here, a sound artist, percussionist and visual artist bring their skills to a nursery, primary and secondary in a new community campus in Perth. • Find out what a sound journey is. • See how percussion can be used simply to great effect. • Discover how easy animation can be. • Learn how to create digital art files. • Hear what the children, young people and teachers make of working with artists.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing at the Centre of all Learning Kay Gibson, Dumfries and Galloway Council Positive mental and emotional wellbeing can be realised at any time and place in the day to day life of a school. This toolkit has been designed to help practitioners identify and reflect on the experiences the school and community environment provides for children and young people and to ensure the ongoing development of the outcomes.
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Overview of the National Assessment Resources Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland Assessment strategies are at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence as we aim for a smarter Scotland with a highly educated population. A key component in the assessment framework is the provision of the NAR. This presentation will look at these emerging assessment strategies and how they can support practitioners in developing their understanding of, and improving practices in approaches to assessment. Details on the quality assurance process, indicating how resources meet the standards and expectations will discussed and how these resources can be created, described, shared and repurposed using the NAR. Carron 2
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Developing Global Citizens through Sustainable Development Education Ian Menzies, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar will introduce school practitioners and managers to the concepts and principles of sustainable development education and will highlight innovative practice and strategies that have been successfully employed by early years establishments as well as primary and secondary schools in Scotland to embed sustainable development education within the curriculum and across the whole school.
Designing Our Learning Future Frank Crawford, HMIE Participants will see and try out a resource that helps with school improvement planning. The resource enables practitioners to analyse where their establishments are now, where they need to be in the future, and how they will get there. It prompts consideration of three ‘horizons’ of change, including a future one which will be built on innovative practices. It aims to help schools and services enhance learning and raise standards.
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Wednesday 22 September – 16:45 Literacy and English Primary Grant Gillies, Learning and Teaching Scotland Speakers will include LTS development officers and primary practitioners, who will highlight interesting and innovative practice in the English and literacy experiences and outcomes. Various contexts which make learning relevant and motivating will be considered and the speakers will share approaches and practical activities they have undertaken in the light of Curriculum for Excellence.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards – Building your Curriculum – The Senior Phase Val Corry, Balfron High School An interactive workshop which will consider planning for the Senior Phase. This session is aimed at senior managers in secondary schools, offering opportunities to: • share emerging practice • consider the key issues in curriculum design • consider some practical approaches to curriculum planning.
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Learning Together to Provide Curriculum for Excellence for all Learners Gill Robinson, HMIE Curriculum for Excellence depends upon all practitioners understanding the full implications and developing their practice. One of the best ways of doing this is through professional ‘learning together’. This session will explore successful approaches to professional development for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence across sectors and settings. It will consider challenges which remain and how these can be overcome to provide Curriculum for Excellence for all learners.
Curriculum for Excellence – Personal Support Entitlement – Building Frameworks for Support Jane Clifford, Learning and Teaching Scotland ‘Every child and young person is entitled to personal support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide Building the Curriculum 3: A framework for learning and teaching. This session will: • provide a brief national overview of developments in the area of support • examine the key features of the entitlement • share the ‘journey’ of two clusters as they have developed their frameworks for support.
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CLD Enhancing Experience and Widening Achievement Margaret Burns, South Ayrshire Council Colin Ross, LTS provides an initial overview of the impact of CLD from a national perspective. Then two local authority areas outline where planned activities have led to sustained learning and achievement through partnership and interdisciplinary work. It concludes with HMIe Maureen Mallon highlighting current work on recognising achievement.
Transforming Transition Jackie Andrews, Moray College, Moray Council Transforming Transition – pupils spent a year filming their learning activities both in school and college, providing valuable insights. This session will: • look at the benefits of providing a valuable tool created by pupils highlighting the importance of transition • discuss raising the profile of school/college activities amongst school teachers, college lecturers, parents and pupils • attempt to show how strong and open school/college partnerships become increasingly important under Curriculum for Excellence.
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Grow your own Story through the Expressive Arts Midlothian Arts and Creativity Team The model of working supports collaborative learning and pupil contribution as the key elements in shaping a project to ensure personalisation and choice within a creative context. The session will share the experience of planning and delivering a whole school project: • identify and agree project theme • link literacy across four different art forms • share different approaches to learning and teaching
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Classical Studies Yvonne Gerrard, Learning and Teaching Scotland Speakers will include LTS development officers and secondary practitioners who will highlight interesting and innovative practice in developing the experiences and outcomes of the Classical Languages framework. Various contexts which make learning relevant and motivating will be considered, covering both the classical studies and classical languages areas.
• showcasing and celebrating achievement. Staffa
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A Pan Authority Strategy to Support Curriculum for Excellence through Solution Oriented Approaches Helen Milne, Aberdeen City Council This session will: • describe the background against which the decision was made to introduce and embed solution oriented practice in Aberdeen City schools • outline the nature of the training input to schools • describe the function and practice of the Practitioner Development Group and its role in strategic development. • discuss the parts played by Highlight Reports and Glow in this development. Forth
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Thursday 23 September – 09:30 Climate Change as a Context for Learning Heather Reid, OBE Climate change is one of the most significant global challenges of our time and offers an important context for developing global citizens within Curriculum for Excellence. Weather and climate also provide excellent vehicles for interdisciplinary learning, bringing together subjects like physics, geography, enterprise, social studies and environmental science. This seminar will explore some of the high-quality online resources that have been developed by LTS and will also exemplify good practice taking place in schools across Scotland with regards to partnerships and interdisciplinary learning. The seminar will also highlight some of the benefits of Glow and outdoor learning.
Pre-birth to Three – Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families Annette Burns, Learning and Teaching Scotland The seminar will inform practitioners and other key stakeholders of the newly revised Scottish Government Guidance ‘Pre-birth to Three – Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families’, and the accompanying DVD/CD continuing professional development resource.
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Practical and Progressive Strategies for Teaching Child Internet Safety and Responsible Use in Schools Ollie Bray, Learning and Teaching Scotland In February 2010 the Cabinet Secretary launched the Scottish Action Plan for Child Internet Safety and Responsible Use. The education community is a vital component in the successful roll-out of this plan. This seminar will focus on work that has been done so far in the implementation of the Scottish action plan with a particular reference to the education resources that are now available for teachers.
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Languages on Screen – Language Teaching with Short Films on Glow David Griffith, Scottish Screen Languages on Screen is a major new Glow resource that puts contemporary French, German, Spanish, Italian and Gaelic short films and accompanying resources online for schools to help inspire young people in their linguistic studies. A partnership between LTS and Creative Scotland, it also seeks to build a Glow community amongst language teachers, cultural institutes, film venues and other professionals. The launch is hosted by Project Manager David Griffith, language teachers and LTS advisers.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences of the Rich Diversity of Languages in your School – How do you Value Children’s First Language when no one else Speaks it? Ann Grieve, University of Strathclyde Good practice in supporting bilingual learners in school involves pupils communicating in and learning through their home language, whether talking to teachers, bilingual support staff or other children. The session demonstrates, with examples from practice, how a primary school can show that it values home languages and promote bilingual skills even when no members of staff speak the language.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Health and Wellbeing Maureen Sneddon, Learning and Teaching Scotland The aim of this seminar is to support practitioners in their work developing health and wellbeing across learning and the contribution that all staff can make to learning and assessment in this area.
The National Assessment Resource – Nuts and Bolts Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar will provide an overview of the structure of the National Assessment Resource and how it will be developed into a one-stop-shop for assessment in Scotland.
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• links to Curriculum for Excellence using e-twinning • the benefits a flexible approach has had on delivering the curriculum • the strategies involved which encourage pupil engagement • introduction of the use of e-portfolio using Glow to gather evidence.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Numeracy across Learning John Tease, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in numeracy across learning in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
Using E-twinning to deliver Curriculum for Excellence Elaine Smith, Annanhill Primary School, East Ayrshire Council Discussion of e-twinning projects in which pupils have been involved will demonstrate:
This seminar will also highlight how many of the skills and attributes detailed in Curriculum for Excellence are developed in the first three years of a child’s life.
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New CPD Materials and Approaches in Assessment Literacy for the new National 4 and 5 Qualifications in Scotland Dr Fakhir Al-Naeme, SQA This seminar presents the new CPD materials and programmes developed by the Policy and New Products team within the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The CPD materials are intended to promote and improve the assessment skills of secondary school teachers and college lecturers across Scotland. Three projects established the needs of practitioners in terms of CPD through researching existing provision, establishing current needs of practitioners through wider engagement and forming a programme of CPD to address those needs in assessment literacy and practice for the introduction of the new National Qualifications. Dochart 2
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Thursday 23 September – 09:30 Creating a Curriculum for Excellence with Co-operative Classes Marel Harper, Renfrewshire Council Following a brief outline of how Renfrewshire has promoted co-operative learning (through professional development, newsletters and Glow), presenters will provide examples of excellent practice from 3–18 whilst highlighting the development of social skills outlined in health and wellbeing and literacy across learning.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards, Building your Curriculum – Interdisciplinary Learning Ian McGhee, Alloa Academy Interdisciplinary Learning constitutes one of the four contexts for learning in Building the Curriculum 3.
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This seminar will launch a new guidance paper for Interdisciplinary Learning, 3–18 and hear from a secondary practitioner about how interdisciplinary learning can contribute to the Broad General Education.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Social Studies Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will highlight emerging practice in the delivery of the social studies curriculum area and will be presented by practitioners.
Curriculum for Excellence? It’s a Walk in the Parks! Alison Hammerton, Learning and Teaching Scotland/National Parks This workshop aims to give an insight into the realms of opportunities for and inspiration of outdoor learning in the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence. With reference to some research and support in overcoming perceived barriers to outdoor learning, and showcasing a variety of best practice examples from using NNRs to interdisciplinary transition projects using inspiration from the outdoors, the powerful benefits of outdoor learning are highlighted.
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Peer Assessment, Accreditation and Recognising Achievement through the Dynamic Youth Awards Steven Greig, Youth Scotland Discover how easy and rewarding it can be to offer Dynamic Youth Awards accredited recognition to the 10 to 14 age group for activities that they are already undertaking. Delegates will hear from teaching staff who already offer the Awards and will leave the seminar with a toolkit to pilot the Awards within their own learning environment.
Enhanced Professionalism in Scotland’s Colleges John McCann, Scotland’s Colleges The term ‘enhanced professional’ is being increasingly used to denote the higher expectation we have of delivery from front-line staff in education. This session will reflect the college experience through, for example: • work of course teams in planning and developing provision • how Curriculum for Excellence capacities are built into course delivery • institutional support for professional autonomy while ensuring accountability • development of learning and teaching strategies.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Expressive Arts Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in expressive arts in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
Spending Sense – A Resource on Financial Capability for Learners with Additional Support Needs Frances McGrane, Learning and Teaching Scotland The resource will stimulate discussion and give examples of financial situations that young people might encounter. This session will show how one residential school used it to promote active learning, collaboration, problem solving, challenge and enjoyment. Key focus:
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From the Leven to the Clyde – A Dive into Curriculum for Excellence Geraldine Currie, Dalreoch Primary School, West Dunbartonshire Council Dalreoch Primary School has radically altered its curriculum in the following ways: • the division of the school into two communities – The Leven (P1–P4) and The Clyde (P5–P7) • the Core Experiences • community involvement/participation • Curriculum for Excellence links.
• using the resource as a stimulus to facilitate the change towards Curriculum for Excellence • opportunities for assessment and making connections across learning • active learning through case studies simulations, scenarios and role play. Seminar Code S 2 F
Education Showcase In the heart of the exhibition, this presentation area features a range of activities for all those attending. See the SLF website for more information www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk
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Thursday 23 September – 10:30
Assessment within Curriculum for Excellence Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland To be successful, Curriculum for Excellence requires an assessment system that supports the new curriculum, assists individual learners and provides reliable information about the standards that have been achieved. This spotlight presentation will provide further information on the developments in assessment taking place in Scottish education today including emerging examples of assessment and the National Assessment Resource . This session will be of interest to everyone in education and will be presented by key staff from national organisations and practitioners.
Children in the Early Years – Are You Really Listening? Jane Stirling, Learning and Teaching Scotland Do you believe that listening to children is important?
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Do you believe that you listen effectively? Would you like to consider some of the ways in which Curriculum for Excellence is already promoting young children’s voices and views? Then come to this thought-provoking early years seminar, where you will have the opportunity to hear about real-life examples of how practitioners have devised interesting and different ways of listening to children to enhance their learning. Seminar Code L 2 G
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Mathematics JohnTease, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in mathematics in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
Using Computer Games to Support Learning in the Early Years Derek Robertson, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will: • showcase practical examples of how computer games and new technologies are being used to engage early years • discuss the underpinning rationale for games-based learning at this stage • focus on a range of dynamic and appealing contexts that are embedded in the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence • showcase how Glow is being used to enhance the learning experiences of our children.
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The Creativity Portal – Creative Learning and Teaching Opportunities Accessed through Glow Linda Lees, Scottish Arts Council The Creativity Portal on Glow is a creative learning development that demonstrates collaborative working at all levels. A one-stop shop, designed to facilitate, promote, develop and sustain creative approaches to learning and teaching, it will bring together Scotland’s arts and cultural resources with education, in supporting creativity and the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence. The Portal will encourage the sharing of good practice and stimulate dialogue among users.
Success for all Learners David Watt, HMIE Inclusion is about intervening and taking positive action to enable achievement for all. This session will:
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• consider how the barriers to learning impact on schooling • draw on recent work carried out by HMIE based on evidence from inspections • identify strengths and improvements in practice from across Scotland • identify practical action which schools and authorities can take to ensure that all young people achieve. Seminar Code B 2 G
Emotional Health and Wellbeing: Supporting Pupils with Learning and Communication Needs Claire Murray, Prospect Bank School/Growing Confidence Project, City of Edinburgh Council This seminar will: • explore barriers to emotional health and wellbeing for children with learning and communication support needs • outline an innovative and inclusive educational approach to supporting the development of intra-personal understanding in learners who are at an early stage of emotional development • suggest how parents and carers can be involved in supporting learning at home.
Breadth Challenge and Application Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this session delegates will get an overview of the key aspect of Building the Curriculum 5 in relation to the move away from a linear approach to learning and a focus on breadth, depth, challenge and applying learning in different situations as part of the assessment process.
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Georgian Harmonies in Lanarkshire – The Story of Thornlie Primary and the ‘Heart of the Brave’ David Hughes, Thornlie Primary, North Lanarkshire Council The session will outline the school’s groundbreaking interdisciplinary international education work, including: • partnership with the Georgian charity Heart of the Brave • building links with Temi, an enlightened ‘singing orphanage’ which encourages Georgian polyphonic singing to build self-belief • Curriculum for Excellence in action • perspectives from practitioners and pupils on the impact of the project. Featuring an audio-visual pupil presentation and Georgian polyphonic harmonies from Thornlie’s school choir.
Credit Where Credit’s Due: Communicating the Benefits of the SCQF to Parents and Learners Julie Cavanagh, SCQF Partnership This interactive workshop will give participants an overview of the SCQF, and in particular how to communicate the benefits to parents and learners. This session will look at the different benefits of engaging with and understanding the SCQF including: • making qualifications easier to describe and understand • making subject choice easier • helping parents understand the different types of qualifications their son/daughter may have achieved • highlighting how the SCQF supports Curriculum for Excellence.
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Thursday 23 September – 10:30 Literacy Across Learning Secondary Yvonne Gerrard, Learning and Teaching Scotland LTS development officers and secondary practitioners from curriculum areas other than English will highlight interesting and innovative approaches in developing the skills of the literacy experiences and outcomes. They will show how the curriculum area provides relevant content for the development of these skills and how learning can be applied in these contexts.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes for Primary Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in modern languages in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
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Learning Rounds: One School’s Story: Developing Whole School Capacity to Deliver the Potential of Curriculum for Excellence Stirling Mackie, Irvine Royal Academy, North Ayrshire Council Two headteachers, one from primary, one from secondary, will share the experience of their school in the Learning Rounds initiative. They will talk about why they became involved, what they did, and what impact the school’s involvement had on teacher capacity, collegiality and pupil learning. The session will involve: • brief presentations • discussion activity • questions and answers.
Gaelic Learners in the Primary School Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland An interactive online resource for primary practitioners aimed at the first and second levels. The seminar will highlight resources for Gaelic learners available through Gaelic online. They have been developed to support Gaelic practitioners in delivering an effective and engaging language learning experience. The resource embraces the principles outlined in Curriculum for Excellence: promoting interdisciplinary skills with links to numeracy and health and wellbeing.
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Health and Wellbeing through Peer Education Jane Duthie, Dundee City Council S2–S6 Peer Educators will deliver a presentation describing their experiences as peer educators with the Dundee Peer Education Project (DPEP). The presentation will provide information on how the project has linked all work with Curriculum for Excellence, and can demonstrate the creative methods and innovative programmes established by working in partnership with young people.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Religious and Moral Education Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in religious and moral education in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in Building your Curriculum 5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
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Motivating P7 boys through Dance Alan Girdwood, Mid Calder Primary School, West Lothian Council This session looks at how one school has tried to motivate a group of boys through ‘street’ culture and how using Curriculum for Excellence approaches can encourage them to make the right choices to enable engagement with school and learning. This session will demonstrate: • the motivational power of positive role models • the influence of modern ‘street’ culture • innovative and creative development of Curriculum for Excellence • the importance of planning, partnership working and collaboration. Staffa
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GL Assessment: Assessing Reading Skills and Identifying Specific Patterns of Reading Difficulties in Primary and Secondary School Pupils Dr Sue Stothard, University of York This presentation focuses on assessment, a key aspect in the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. GL Assessment offers schools many options for assessing pupils’ progress, amongst them the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension, a suite of tests that measures reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension in pupils aged 5 to 16 years. Designed for use by teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists and other professionals, the tests can also be used to identify specific profiles of difficulties in pupils whose reading is delayed. Forth
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Social Enterprise within Argyll and Bute Schools Aileen Goodall, Argyll and Bute Council Social enterprises are ‘businesses that trade in the market with a social purpose’. This seminar presents an overview of how two schools have implemented the training they received from the Social Enterprise Academy to set up social enterprises within their own school, and for the benefit of their local community. These social enterprises have provided the children and young people with opportunities for developing skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. Shuna
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SLF Exhibition Make sure you visit the exhibition for: • access to over 200 exhibitors • opportunity to discover and interact with the latest educational technology. For more information visit www.scottishlearningfestival.org.uk
Thursday 23 September – 13:00
The Evolving Role of School Inspection and Quality Improvement Dr Bill Maxwell, HMIE Dr Bill Maxwell will talk about the evolving role of school inspection within a Scottish approach to school improvement. He will take the opportunity to talk about an HMIE ‘School Improvement Framework’ which will be the first of a series of public documents, setting out the nature of inspection/review.
Leadership in the Early Years: Looking Forward Together John Butcher, Glasgow City Council Education and Social Work Services The session showcases an innovative leadership conference model being developed in the city. Key messages include the need to ensure that leadership development addresses issues of workforce development, sustainability and succession, in ways that recognise and promote the distributed nature of leadership in the context of Curriculum for Excellence.
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Improving Learning and Teaching Approaches in Numeracy – A Group Discussion Barbara Gray, Summerhill Centre, Aberdeen City Council In February the National Numeracy Network was formed. At the same time three sub-groups were tasked with developing guidance on key aspects, including classroom practice. In this session members of Group 3 will facilitate a discussion on effective approaches to learning and teaching in numeracy. Topics will include: active, experiential learning; higher order thinking; embedding of problem-solving approaches; applying knowledge and skills in relevant contexts; and effective approaches to CPD.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes Marie-Claire Bonner, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will focus on the experience of practitioners making use of ICT to enhance the curriculum, and increase pupil motivation and creativity.
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Co-Creating with Glow Julia Fenby, Learning and Teaching Scotland Co-Create is a pioneering initiative bringing teachers and pupils together with artists, performers and writers to work and learn together in new ways, developing practice and demonstrating the key role the arts and creativity play in supporting Curriculum for Excellence. In this session project participants present their learning journeys and explain how they are using Glow to trial new ways of learning and teaching through the arts.
Curriculum for Excellence: It Really is for Everyone Brian Stewart, HMIE This session will look at:
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• how staff can better meet the diverse learning needs of all children and young people • the barriers faced by many children and young people • strategies to support vulnerable children and young people.
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Substance Misuse Education – Moving Forward with the Shared Responsibility Model Elaine MacLennan, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency This seminar will look at a national partnership of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA), Learning and Teaching Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Alcohol Drug Partnerships and teachers from Girvan Academy that developed a framework showing links between curriculum areas at level 3 and the substance misuse experiences and outcomes within the health and wellbeing framework of Curriculum for Excellence.
Sharing Standards and Expectations – Quality Assurance and Moderation Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will showcase early work being undertaken to develop the national system of quality assurance and moderation.
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‘A Right Blether‘ – SYCCYP’s National Consultation Katie Brown, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Schools are being invited to work with Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People through a national consultation with those under the age of 18, ‘a RIGHT blether’. He recognises that involving thousands of children in setting his work priorities depends on your expertise and willingness to support and get involved. This session introduces the learning and teaching opportunities and free resources built around the four ‘RIGHT blether’ stages: participate, vote, create and celebrate.
A Learning Town Sam Cassels, Architecture and Design Scotland Curriculum for Excellence provides a framework not only for schools but for thinking about lifelong learning across a whole community. In this session we will focus on how we can use our physical assets to better effect, sharing:
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Thursday 23 September – 13:00 Literacy across Learning – Policy and Practice Liz Gray, City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department A short overview of Edinburgh’s approaches to the implementation of literacy across learning will be followed by presentations from Jo Moore from Drummond CHS who will talk about her role as Literacy Co-ordinator. Janet Avery, from Victoria Primary School, will demonstrate how she delivers aspects of literacy through interdisciplinary challenges.
Communications and Connections Billy Higgins, City of Edinburgh Council In a time of curricular change, with the emphasis on local autonomy and creativity, it is essential to prevent isolationism and to promote professional discussion and sharing of ideas.
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Numeracy across Learning into Action in Early Years and Primary Stages Lorna Hunter, Learning and Teaching Scotland Staff from a primary school will share a whole school project, which demonstrates an example of numeracy across learning throughout the school. Staff will share how they used experiences and outcomes to provide opportunities for pupils to develop numeracy skills in relevant contexts across the curriculum. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the learning and teaching approaches involved at early, first and second levels.
Woods for Learning: Using Local Woods and Greenspace for Learning Outdoors, Forest School and Forest Kindergarten Ali Horning, Forestry Commission Scotland Through the Woods For Learning Strategy, Forestry Commission Scotland has been working with education professionals and other stakeholders to promote the opportunities and benefits of learning and teaching outdoors. This seminar will explore different methods for taking learning into local woods and green spaces including: • case studies of successful projects • exploring available resources • stepping into the outdoor classroom • practical implementation of outdoor learning.
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Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools Jo Hughes, St Ninian’s High School, East Dunbartonshire Council In this seminar, the speakers will consider key issues in using the experiences and outcomes to plan and deliver learning and teaching in religious education in Roman Catholic schools in ways that promote the principles and practices of Curriculum for Excellence and draw on the key messages contained in BtC5. Participants will learn about interesting and innovative practices that will help to provide exemplification in effective day-to-day learning and approaches to assessment.
More Choices, More Chances and 16+ Learning Choices Kelly Milford, SQA The session will focus on a range of case studies and Action Research projects undertaken as part of the SQA Policy and New Products team, with interactive presentations from learning providers and learners. The session is designed to highlight the range of SQA qualifications, flexible delivery, assessment and evidence gathering, partnership activity, employability, harnessing new technology, and qualifications supporting volunteering.
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London 2012 and Curriculum for Excellence Andy Martin, London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games With less that two years to go to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, this session with outline how schools and colleges in Scotland can use the excitement and inspiration of the Games to engage young people in learning. The session will focus on the latest developments with Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme, using examples from Scottish schools to illustrate how the programme is being used in the context of Curriculum for Excellence.
Financial Education Fiona Catterson, Corseford School Corseford School will present its Financial Education programme. This programme tracks progress of pupils through Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes through practical, everyday experiences. It encourages depth and progression of learning through relevant, practical, everyday activities with pupils becoming more independent in their personal financial management.
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Leading the Way: Ensuring Effective Leadership for Improved Standards Sean Stronach, Scottish Government The workshop will: • update participants on work by the Scottish Government and partners to support and develop leadership for learning • enable reflection on the characteristics of leadership that are most effective in driving up standards in teaching and learning • encourage feedback from participants on how the Scottish Government, alongside other local and national partners, can support the contribution leadership can make to enhancing children’s experiences and raising standards. Forth
This session will provide an overview of the mechanisms used by the City of Edinburgh to facilitate professional dialogue within its teaching community involved in the promotion and co-ordination of science. It will look at the use of Glow, virtual learning environments, intranet and other media formats.
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Learning in Practice This exhibition area complements the other features and includes: • the Local Authority Village • the Developing Global Citizens Village • the Cultural Village. 23
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How Do We Create Health Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland A set of ‘healthy’ behaviours substantially reduces the risk of premature death from heart disease, stroke, cancer or being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes. Dr Burns will argue that improving health requires attention to the social fabric of our communities to ensure that people have a positive environment in which to take decisions about their health behaviours. He will also emphasise the key role that educational practitioners play in ensuring that all children and young people have the support that sets them on a course that determines their physical, social and mental health for the rest of life.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Creative Experiences in Early Years Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop, University of Strathclyde Starcatchers specialises in the creation and exploration of theatre performances for children aged 0 to 4. The project is underpinned by academic research, conducted by a team from the Dept of Childhood and Primary Studies at the University of Strathclyde. This seminar will explore: • the project developments and research findings • the nature of young children’s creativity and imaginative play • how the project contributes to the Curriculum for Excellence and Early Years Framework.
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Numeracy across Learning into Action in Secondary schools Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will showcase some of the practice emerging from secondary schools on interdisciplinary learning with a focus on numeracy.
Creation and not just Consumption: Computer Games Design in Scottish Schools Charlie Love, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will: discuss the strategy for implementing games design in Scottish schools for learners from 3 to 18; show how games design can be used as a creative hub for interdisciplinary learning; demonstrate a number of tools which can be used to successfully deliver the games design experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence; show how we are supporting games design with resources via Glow and how this links with the new National Progression Awards in Computer Games Design.
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Enhancing Experiences of Dance for Everyone Caroline Bowditch, Scottish Dance Theatre Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning and Scottish Ballet present the groundbreaking ways they are increasing access for children and young people with and without disabilities to the powerful art form of dance. The presentations demonstrate how they: • increase and enhance opportunities to participate • challenge expectations • empower staff and pupils • nurture creativity • raise attainment.
eLearning and Traveller Education Scotland (eLATES) – Enabling Citizenship Pauline Padfield, STEP, University of Edinburgh Due variously to family mobility, discrimination and families’ fears that their young people will lose their culture, many secondary-aged Gypsy/ Travellers miss a lot of school, may change schools and some choose not to attend school. eLATES is set to provide a blended learning experience for mobile young. eLATES will provide a familiar space for learning and teaching to take place regardless of location as learning and teaching is available anywhere, anytime on the internet (via Glow).
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Dance Fit Health and Wellbeing Programme Alison Crawford, East Ayrshire Council Dance Fit targets S2 pupils who are part of the More Choices, More Chances/LAAC group, or are at risk of experimenting with substances and have a keen interest in dance. The programme was delivered in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, Active Schools and Y Dance. This session will look at: • the Dance Fit programme • links across learning • links to health and wellbeing in Curriculum for Excellence • the benefits.
Achievement, Profile and Reporting Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Scotland This seminar provides the opportunity to focus on the details of the guidance offered in relation to these key aspects of assessment. Delegates will have an opportunity to hear how some authorities and schools have been taking forward these developments and practices.
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Developing Global Citizens within Curriculum for Excellence Developing Global Citizens Team, Learning and Teaching Scotland Developing Global Citizens (DGC) support for staff materials will be shared during this seminar to support embedding DGC within Curriculum for Excellence. The session will provide a visual illustration of what DGC looks like across Curriculum for Excellence levels early to fourth, embedding its principles across all learning. It will share the theory and practice of DGC to achieve the aim of developing our young people to be global citizens.
Enterprising Sciences and Technologies 3–15: Connections across Learning John Walker, HMIE This session will explore practical lesson plan resources, developed in the context of sciences and technologies, but drawing across the curriculum, to support the central role that making connections across learning has within Curriculum for Excellence.
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Thursday 23 September – 14:00 Literacy and English Secondary Yvonne Gerrard, Learning and Teaching Scotland Speakers will include LTS development officers and secondary English practitioners who will highlight interesting and innovative practice in the English and literacy experiences and outcomes. Various contexts which make learning relevant and motivating will be considered and the speakers will share approaches and practical activities they have undertaken in the light of Curriculum for Excellence.
Enhancing Experiences and Raising Standards through the Experiences and Outcomes – Sciences Jo Clarke, Learning and Teaching Scotland This session will highlight emerging practice in the delivery of the sciences curriculum area and will be presented by practitioners.
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Creativity and Active Learning in Social Studies Nina Lee, George Heriot’s School The use of creativity in primary classrooms need not be limited to those who are crafty and artistic! The aims of the session are to: • provide teachers with practical ideas on how to ‘unpack’ and implement the outcomes for social studies in creative, enjoyable and meaningful ways – from the Romans to a Local Area Study • highlight links across learning with technologies, expressive arts and literacy • show successful examples of child-centred learning.
The Structure and Design of the National 4 and National 5 Courses Margaret Miller, SQA The new qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5, National 4 and National 5, will replace Standard Grade General and Credit and Intermediate 1 and 2 qualifications. The new qualifications are designed to reflect the values, purposes and principles of Curriculum for Excellence and to develop skills for learning, life and work. The seminar will allow participants to discuss and comment on issues relating to the design and assessment of the new courses and units.
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Building Teacher Capacity through Continuing Professional Development Mairi McAra, General Teaching Council for Scotland The further development and successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence will largely depend on teachers who are successful and innovative practitioners. The seminar will consider the responsibilities of teachers for their own professional development and look to different models of teacher capacity building within educational settings which will support that development.
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Parental Involvement in Curriculum for Excellence Lorraine Sanda, National Parental Involvement Co-ordinator, Scottish Government Curriculum for Excellence offers an opportunity for parents to be more involved in their children’s learning. It is widely documented that parents are a crucial link in improving outcomes for all children and young people. Their involvement in and support for Curriculum for Excellence will contribute to its success. This seminar will explore how parents hope to be more involved and supportive of what schools are trying to achieve. It will also share ideas and examples of how school and parents can work together to support Curriculum for Excellence. It will be relevant to both Primary and Secondary sectors. Jura
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• the incremental steps they took to turn their vision for a national traditional music in schools programme into reality.
Curriculum for Excellence: Enhancing Experiences, Raising Standards – Building your Curriculum – Early Years and Primary Margaret MacDonald, Wallacestone Primary School, Falkirk This Building your Curriculum session is aimed at senior managers in primary schools, offering opportunities to: • consider practical approaches to strategic curriculum planning and organising learning in the primary sector • share the experience of a colleague who is using these approaches in school • become familiar with the online support and practical resources available for strategic curriculum planning.
Expressive Arts in Curriculum for Excellence – Traditional Arts Across the Curriculum Fiona Dalgetty, Fèis Rois This session will look at: • the ways in which Fèis Rois can support schools to deliver the expressive arts outcomes • CPD opportunities in the traditional arts • the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to using Glow
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Curriculum for Excellence – Developing a Coherent Curriculum (3–18) using a Cluster Approach Yasmin Ashby, East Dunbartonshire Council In order to build capacity to take forward Curriculum for Excellence (within a philosophy of autonomy for establishments) one of the approaches East Dunbartonshire has taken is to develop cluster initiatives. This workshop will outline how cluster working has been planned, implemented and evaluated. Time will be spent outlining the approaches to planning and progression developed by cluster groups.
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